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Getting Around by Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking in Chile cannot be recommended. While Chile is one of the safest and easiest countries on the continent in which to hitch a ride, there are risks inherent in getting into a vehicle with a stranger, and the danger is only heightened for women and those traveling alone.

That said, many travelers in Chile do decide to hitchhike rather than wait for infrequent public transportation, especially in the extreme south. If you choose to hitchhike Chile, take precautions; travel in pairs and let someone know your itinerary.

If you’re going to be off the main highways, dress and pack as if you’ll be spending a lot of time standing by the side of the road. It is easiest to get a lift on the main highways, especially the Pan-American, or at truck service centers around major cities. Waiting times can be long in rural areas of Chile, however, and this is especially true in the desert and south of Puerto Montt.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: Getting Around Iquique, Getting around, Getting Around Coyhaique, Getting around, Getting Around Temuco, Getting Around Villarrica, Getting around, Getting Around Cochrane, Getting Around by Boat and Getting Around by Car.

By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
20 Apr 2009

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